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A question about a recipe: Thai Curry Noodles with Shrimp

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I have a question about step 2 on the recipe "Thai Curry Noodles with Shrimp" from thirschfeld. It says:

"When the temp of the oil is 325 fry the shallots until they are crispy. Don't let them brown to much or they will taste burned. Remove them from the pan to a paper towel lined plate and season them with salt. Put them somewhere where you won't be tempted or you will find yourself having to fry more."

The only thermometer I have is a digital meat thermometer, but it says that it measures up to 450 degrees. Can I use this to measure the temp of the oil? or is there a trick to test if the oil is the right temp for the shallots?

Definitely don't wanna mess up these crispy shallots!! Thanks in advance for your advice :)

asked by k.woody about 4 years ago
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added about 4 years ago

Good question. Sure you can use the meat thermometer. The trick will be stabilizing the thermometer on the pan. Perhaps a binder clip?

I would suggest using your thermometer to see the temp of your oil. Then test the temp with a few slices of shallots. If they quickly burn turn the heat down. If they languish in the oil and appear to be marinating, then adjust it upward. You could use a small cube of bread to test the temp also.

I love Thai. Enjoy your meal.

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added about 4 years ago

An inexpensive investment would be a candy thermometer which is specifically designed to measure the temperature of hot oils. It already has a clip and might cost you $10.